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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Asian Mushroom Pad Thai

Asian mushroom pad thai

The last few days I was really busy finishing some work for my thesis and preparing a presentation. That`s the excuse for my absence here on the blog. But today I`m back with a tasty recipe, this time Thai kitchen, more precisely pad thai.

Pad thai comes in so many different variations, with shrimps, pork, beef or vegetables, and it`s always absolutely delicious. So why not add Asian mushrooms as an ingredient? Mushrooms are healthy, full of mineral nutrients and perfect for fall. In general mushrooms are very suitable for Asian dishes, plus they just taste delightful. 

Did I manage to convince you? Then you should absolutely try this spicy pad thai. 
By the way, you can use any mushrooms you like for this dish.

What you need (for one serving):
  • 100g rice noodles
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1/2 red bell pepper
  • 2 handful dried Mu-err mushrooms or shiitake
  • 2 handful sprouts, any you like
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons tamarind paste
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon chili flakes
  • a pinch of salt, pepper & garlic powder
  • 20g unsalted peanuts
  • 1/4 lime & cilantro, to decorate
ingredients for an asian mushroom pad thai

Preparation:
  • if you use dried mushrooms, soak them for 15 minutes in cold water
  • heat water in a pan
  • pour hot water in a bowl, add rice noodles 
  • let sit in hot water for about 5 minutes, they shouldn`t be too soft, as they`re going to be cooked
  • rinse off the spring onion, sprouts and red bell pepper, cut into thin slices
  • heat sesame oil in a fry pan, add all vegetables (minus sprouts), cook for 2 minutes
  • add rice noodles, salt, pepper and chili flakes
  • whisk egg in a bowl, pour over noodles and add sprouts
  • mix well, fry for 2 minutes and serve in a plate 
  • chop/crush peanuts, sprinkle over pad thai
  • decorate with lime slices and cilantro leaves
The peanuts really are the best part on my opinion. They turn this simple dish into something divine, besides they are one of the traditional ingredients of a pad thai and therefore absolutely essential. So please don`t leave them out.

I`m also fancying a tofu, a beef and a shrimp version of this dish, as well as one with exotic fruits. What`s your opinion? Which one would you prefer?

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